Tuesday, 11 July 2017

A Postcard A Day - Tuesday 11 July 2017 - T for green walnuts, Goethe and Elvenar

Hello folks, I hope you have all had a good weekend. 

And again we have arrived at Tuesday, When we can join Bleubeard and Elizabeth's T-party. Any blogpost with a drink related something in it will qualify.

Last Tuesday I received a bag with 40 Green walnuts. According to tradition, they should be harvested on San Juan (24 June) to make nut liquor, or Vino de nueces. I like mine with a bit of a kick so at the end I will add some brandy but the idea is to cut them up. Not easy as they are hard.

Then put them in a large container with 4 liters of wine.

Here is a bottle of two liters no-nonsense local wine, (and that is my drink related item for the T-party).
Now I just have to remember to stir it every day and add the sugar and brandy in August. It should be ready for Christmas.

I got some nice postcards this week. This one has a quote from Goethe: "There are two things we should give our children: roots and wings". A lovely quote and so true. 

Only the German speakers will 'get' the joke of the grand piano and the carrots on the chair.
The German word for roots (Wurzeln) is the same as the word for carrots. And the word Flügel means wings as well as grand piano.

The second postcard does not have the name of the artist on it, but it certainly has a charming postal theme. It made me smile.
Both these cards came from Germany and neither had an interesting stamp on them really.

Being retired I have the luxury of being able to play computer games. For a long time we played Cradle of Empires. I am getting a bit tired of it and it gets so much more difficult to progress. 
I have now discovered a new game that I like. It's called Elvenar.

 I don't have to do puzzles or fight battles (if I don't want to), but just building a most beautiful fantasy city, and growing and expanding by trading with neighbours (in the game) and the people in the fellowship you have joined (not compulsory). 

It is free but needs internet connection. There are in-game purchases but it works perfectly without that. I love it! I like the fact that there is a 'helper' guiding you through and helping and explaining, and giving you tasks. I also like the fact that there is always a choice between doing battle or negotiate/trade (As I don't like fighting).
I am enjoying it immensely.

That's it from me this T-Day,
Happy T-Day everyone,


  1. Walnut wine , eh? My family in France make a version of it too -vin de noix. I have had it-goes down smooth -but oh my-be warned! Great to see the amazing variety of postcards you receive. Too bad i don't understand German. Glad you found a game you can enjoy, just not my thing.Happy T day!

  2. I've never heard of walnut wine but its an interesting idea. You will have to let us know how it tastes come the holidays. Enjoy your new game and happy T day Lisca. Hugs-Erika

  3. Walnut wine is new to me but I am sure it will be wonderful

    Happy at Day

    Love postcards today

    Cheers Chrissie xx

  4. I love the idea of walnut wine, but will have to wait patiently to try it! Gorgeous postcards, one lovelier than the other. Enjoy your game, hope it is not to addictive! Happy T Day, hugs, Valerie

  5. I had this long comment, then my internet went offline and I had to call my provider to learn what the trouble was. This was frustrating.

    First, I was impressed with your green walnut liqueur you are making. Seems like an awful lot of time consuming steps to produce that wine by Christmas.

    The first postcard was wonderful. If I remember my teeny bit of German I remember from freshman year of high school, it is that we should give our children roots and wings. The second postcard is lovely, too, but the first one was super.

    I had a friend who bought Civilization, a game for my computer. It was a birthday gift and I got hooked on it. It was pre-blog days, at least. You built civilizations and conquered some. The object sounds similar to your new game. I hope you have fun with it. Mine cost my friend money, but I got the box, the book, and a CD. Sadly, the CD is missing, or I might be tempted to add it to my new computer.

    Thanks for sharing your postcards, your new game, and your soon-to-be Christmas liquor/wine with us for T this Tuesday.

  6. Your nut liquor sounds like a special Christmas treat and it's great that you make it yourself too 😀. Lovely postcards and I'm glad you like your new game, it looks such fun! Happy T Day! J 😊

  7. i wish i had some walnuts for Cloth dyeing;) but wine would also be accepted:)
    happy t-day!

  8. I've heard about walnuts to make ink, but not wine. You'll have to post the end product in December. I liked the Goethe quote and the pun. Very amusing. I wonder what the story is in the postcard. Your game Elvenar reminds me of a game my girlies used to play I can't remember the name, but you were a Viking and had to build your village, make trades, and invade your neighbors or enemies. Good times! Have a great day!

  9. The second card shows a painting of the German painter Spitzweg. :-)

    1. Oh thanks Manfredo! I've just looked at the link. Great!

  10. I liked the sound of the walnut wine you are making adding brandy also a good idea, I hope you will let us know how it tastes later in the year. The no nonsense wine reminded me of the plastic bottled wine in France we used to buy, so reasonable and often just as good to drink as the more expensive stuff.
    Happy T day.
    Yvonne xx

  11. I have never heard of nut liquor. Sounds like an interesting project.

    I used to play a medieval kingdoms game on Facebook that sounds a bit like these. I like the idea of not having to be involved in the battles, tho, so your Elvenar game might've suited me better.

    Happy T Tuesday

  12. I've never seen a green walnut. It's hard to believe that what I know as a walnut starts from a fruit like that. Fascinating, Lisca. The walnut liqueur sounds very tasty.

    Would you believe I've never tried a computer game?! When I have free time, I craft or make art. Whatever you enjoy doing, it's really nice to have time for what you enjoy ;-)

    Happy T-Day! Hugs, Eileen

  13. Never heard of that wine... thank you so much for showing us how to make it...very interesting! I was surprised it wouldn't be ready until Christmas... !! Hubby and i like to play Seek and Find games on the computer... i'd say we are addicted.... lol We play alot when we get tired of TV ..... which is quite often lately.. Happy T day! Hugs! deb

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  15. I had never heard of green walnuts before, so thanks for the info. I hope that your wine turns out great. Happy T-Day!

  16. Oooh! That looks interesting! I don't play computer games but must say that one you describe sounds very appealing - I may take a look! Happy T Day! Chrisx

  17. I've never seen a green walnut...that's cool. I guess I never gave much thought to nuts as they developed. Ok...that sentence is all kinds of wrong but you get my drift. :)
    I tend to play simple games on my iPad to pass time. I used to play PC games with my hubby before we had kids.
    Happy T Day!

  18. Well the walnut drink sounds great to me... I love making drinks like that. Great postcards this week. Thanks for stopping by my blog. Lady has gone to the vet and gotten good news on all of her test. Other than being old and the things that go with it she is healthy. Just needs to clear up the eye injury and eat regularly and she should be fine. It looks like she will be living with us ♥